Monday, January 25, 2016

Strickland Mum on Support for Ex-Treasurer Ensnared in Pay-to-Play Scheme

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Ted Strickland, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio, is staying quiet about his support for ex-state treasurer Kevin Boyce following an investigation indicating Boyce knew about a pay-to-play scheme orchestrated by his deputy in 2010. Boyce, now a state representative and candidate for Franklin county commissioner, was appointed treasurer at the end of 2008 by Strickland, who was then governor of Ohio. During Boyce’s two years in office, his deputy treasurer reportedly arranged a scheme to give state contracts to Boston-based State Street Bank in exchange for political contributions to Boyce’s re-election campaign. Strickland has supported Boyce in his candidacy for county commissioner, appearing at an event for him this month. Strickland praised Boyce as a “strong voice for fiscal responsibility” when he announced his appointment as treasurer in 2009....

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